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Introduction to 3DO 



Panasonic's REAL 3DO Interactive 
Multiplayer System is just weeks 
away from launch in the UK. We 
take a closer look at this powerful 
32bit machine, its history, its tech 
specs, what it can do and how it 
does it. Learn about it now, and you 
won't get left behind. 



6 The future of 3DO games 



i When 3DO is officially launched in 
v\ September there will over 20 games to 

choose from. But what of the future? Already 
there are over 500 companies around the 
world who have a licence to develop 3DO 
titles. Many of those games are 
nearing completion, so turn to page six to see what sort of games 
you'll be playing in six months' time. 





7 Competition 



If you fancy a slice of Panasonic's 32bit action, 
all you have to do is read this supplement 
carefully and answer a few simple questions. 
Then all you'll need is a stamp... 



10 The games to play on 3DO 



Okay, there may be loads of 3 DO titles, but 
you can't buy them all. Whether you're into 
adventure games, sports sims, shoot 'em ups 
or racing games, there's a 3DO disc for you. 
We've rounded up the ten best games which 
will be on sale with Panasonic's machine. 




14 Subscriptions 



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There's only one way to keep up with the world 
of 3 DO - and that's to subscribe to Edge. Every 
month, this award-winning magazine is crammed 
with news and reviews of 3 DO products, plus 
information from across the whole world of 
interactive entertainment. You can't afford not to... 



There's a new machine in town. 3DO will 
soon be available in shops up and down the 
UK. Edge thinks you should know about it 




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3DO 



hen Panasonic's REAL 3DO 
Interactive Multiplayer System 
officially launches on 4 September, 
it will be one of the most 
powerful CD-based games 
machines you can buy. For around £400 you'll get a true 
32bit RISC-based system that can process approximately 
six million instructions and move 64 million pixels every 
second. It comes with a double-speed CD drive and 3Mb 
of RAM. It can manipulate Kodak PhotoCDs with 
lightning speed, play audio CDs as well as most 
dedicated CD players, and can show video on CD - 
initially via CinePak software and later as MPEG I Video. 

But, of course, most people will want Panasonic's 
3DO system to play 3DO games. And, after a shaky 
start with lame titles like Mod Dog McCree and Battle 
Chess, the system now plays host to some truly excellent 
games: Crash 'n Burn, The Horde, John Madden NFL '94 
Football, and Japanese disc Doctor Hauzer show what 
3 DO can do. And we have yet to see things like FIFA 
Soccer, Demolition M an and Star Trek: The Next Generation. 

So in this supplement we aim to show you what 
the 3 DO is made of: what it can do and how it does it. 
Then when the FZ-I Multiplayer hits the shelves in 
September, you'll know what to look for... 



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Technical specification 



CPU: 


32bit ARM60 RISC processor running at 12.5MHz 


Custom chips: 


Twin graphics animation processors 

Direct Memory Access engine (up to 50Mb/sec) 


Memory: 


3Mb: 2Mb main RAM, 1Mb VRAM 


SRAM: 


32Kb (battery back-up) 


ROM: 


1Mb 


DSP: 


Custom 16bit Digital Signal Processor 


Video output: 


PAL version, full screen, 25 fps 

Composite video, S-Video, RF video (channel 21) 


Screen resolution: 


768 horizontal pixels by 576 vertical pixels 


Colours: 


Maximum 16.7 million; 32,000 as standard 


Audio: 


Stereo 16bit PCM (sampling @ 44.1kHz) 


Storage: 


CD-ROM drive 5inch (12cm) CD plus 3inch (8cm) CD single 


Extra memory: 


Via expansion port 


I/O port Control port: 


Low speed I/O: Dsub 9-pin x 1, daisychain system 


Expansion port: 


High speed I/O: 30-pin x 1 


AV expansion port: 


High speed AV I/O (Video CD adaptor): 68-pin x 1 


System Dimensions: 


(W x D x H) 11.2 x 10.6 x 3.5 inch (284 x 268 x 88mm) 


Weight: 


6.4lbs (2.9kg) 


Power requirement: 


230-240V AC 


Power consumption: 


30W 



3 DO 



The first 3D0 system is 
about to be launched in the 
UK. But where did it come 
from and what can it do? 



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he 3DO standard is the brainchild of 
Trip Hawkins - founder of 
Electronic Arts and now President 
and CEO of The 3 DO Company. 
Hawkins is a graduate of Harvard 
University, where he majored in Strategy and Applied 
Game Theory - a discipline of his own design. After four 
years with Apple Computers he founded EA in 1 982. By 
1993 EA had become the world's biggest thirdparty 
games manufacturer with annual revenues in excess of 
$350 million. 

However, at the height of 
EA's success, Hawkins 
became frustrated by the 
necessity of having to 
develop across as many as 
20 different formats, 
and also by the 
restrictive practices 
of the console 
giants Nintendo 
and Sega. 

To this end 
he decided to 
establish a world 
standard for 
interactive 

hardware which could then be 
licensed to both hardware and 
software producers. In 1 990 he 
formed The 3 DO Company and 



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managed to convince such 
diverse corporations as 
Matsushita, AT&T, Time 
Warner, MCA and his old 
company, EA, to invest in 
the 3DO dream. This they 
did - to the tune of $300 
million - before a single 
3DO player had been sold. 

Inside 3DO 




Trip Hawkins - the man 
who wants to make 
3DO a global standard 



The 3 DO hardware was 
designed by R J Mical and 
David Needle - a 

successful double act whose credits include the Atari 
Lynx and much of the Commodore Amiga's architecture. 

To provide the sort of power and interactivity that 
Trip Hawkins envisioned, at the heart of the 3DO 
system there lies a 32bit RISC (Reduced Instruction Set 
Computer) CPU which coordinates the entire network. 
While the CPU is running the game engine, twin graphics 
animation processors handle the visuals. By organising 
graphics into the digital equivalent of traditional 
animation cells, these twin processors can twist, warp, 
spin and distort graphic elements, make them 
transparent, cast shadows and so on. 

A Dynamic Memory Access (DMA) engine which 
allows the swift and efficient transferral of data 
throughout the system completes the picture. 

3 DO is also designed to be expandable, so as well 
as an FMV cartridge (which enables you to play movies 
on CD), you can expect a range of 3DO peripherals. 



RF 

Composite video 
S-video 



Graphics 


1 Graphics 


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Intelligent simultaneous 
processing units 


animation 


H animation 






processor 


1 processor 


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Additional IPUs can be 


plugged in here 



32bit 



Video 
processor 
640x480 
resolution 



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One 
megabyte 
VRAM 



Digital 
Signal 
Processor 

Stereo PCM 
44.1 kHz 




32bit 



Direct Memory 
Access engine 



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32bit 



Two 
Megabytes 



16-bit 



1 32-bK | 



32-bit 



8-bit 
j 32-bit 



DRAM 




Add CD drives 
Hard disks, 
modems... 




Expansion 
port centre 


Double speed 
CD-ROM drive 




Control 
port 



Optional 
video 
input 



3—1 



Video 




ARM 6 


decomp 




RISC 


cartridge 




processor 


MPEG1 




12.5 MHz 


MPEG2 








This diagram from The 3DO Company shows how 3DO's architecture is a 
mixture of 32bit RISC processing plus a DMA engine for high-speed data 
movement. Its custom animation engines light, warp, and rotate graphic 'cells' 



UK launch 




he UK (PAL) version of Panasonic's FZ-I 3DO 
system should hit stores towards the end of 
August, prior to the official launch at the 
European Computer Trade Show on 4 September. 

A price has yet to be confirmed but Panasonic are 
hopeful that it will be less than £400 - which makes it a 
serious contender for Sega's Mega Drive plus Mega CD 
(£330) or Atari's Jaguar with its as-yet-unseen CD-drive 
(between £350 and £400). 

The FZ-I Multiplayer comes with a joypad, all the 
necessary leads, and a copy of Crystal Dynamics' Total 
Eclipse. This replaces Crash 'n Burn, which accompanied 




UK games will appear in the 
Japanese-style cases (right) 
rather than the cardboard 
packs seen in the US (left) 



the US pack. 

3 DO titles start 
at £ 1 9.99, although 
the first batch of 
games will probably 
carry a £39.99 price tag. The discs will come in Mega 
CD-style cases, which are infinitely preferably to the US- 
style cardboard packs with plastic hinge and snap-lock. 

Panasonic are still in negotiations with high street 
retailers such as HMV, although distributors ZCL have 
signed on to ship FZ-I players to some 700 independent 
retailers, including their own Calculus stores. 



3DO Japan 



major part of 3DO's success as a global 
standard lies in its performance in the Japanese 
market. In the words of the song, if they can 
make it there, they'll make it anywhere... 

Fortunately for 3DO, the launch of Panasonic's FZ-I 
Multiplayer in March went better than expected. Units 
were shipped to some 8,000 stores across Japan, 
accompanied by I I titles. As well as US-sourced games 
like Crystal Dynamics' Total Eclipse and Crash 'n Burn, 
there were a number of Japanese games including the 
Wacky Races game, Chiki Chiki Machine Race from Future 
Pirates, Ultraman Powered from Bandai, 
and T&E SOFT's Pebble Beach Golf Links. 

Since the launch, several new 
Japanese games have been released, 
including the excellent Doctor Hauzer 



from Riverhill Soft and the not-so-excellent Tetsujin, 
from Synergy. Whether these titles will make their way 
over to the UK remains to be seen. 

However, Capcom and Konami have signed up to 
the 3DO cause, which lends real weight to the system. 
Capcom have just announced that their first title will be 
a 3 DO version of Super Street Fighter II, and Konami 
already have one project underway - a Manga-esque 
adventure called Policenauts. 

Amazingly, a Japanese magazine dedicated to 3DO 
has been available since January of this year. The sensibly 
named 3DO Magazine goes out 
bi-monthly and recently featured a CD 
bound into the back (or is it the 
front?) page, containing demos of 
upcoming 3 DO software. 




With titles like Doctor Hauzer (top), the Japanese launch of 3DO proved a major crowd-puller (right). Capcom and 
Konami have promised their support - in fact, Konami's first 3DO game, Policenauts, is well under way (left) 




As with VHS videos, the 
3DO standard is set to 
appear on all makes of 
machine. Panasonic are 
ahead of the crowd with 
their FZ-1 (top), seen 
here sporting the MPEG 
Digital Video cart, but 
both Sanyo (middle) and 
AT&T (bottom) also 
have 3DO systems 
nearing completion 



3D0 on tour 

Apart from coverage in 
magazines like Edge, 
Panasonic's 3DD machine 
is still something of an 
unknown quantity to the 
games playing public. 

To rectify the situation, 
Panasonic have 
commissioned a huge 
'Showliner' to be built as 
part of a 3DD roadshow. 
The 45ft juggernaut will 
be touring the country 
from 23 July up until the 
end of November, calling 
in on events such as the 
Fairford International Air 
Tattoo, Airbourne '94 and 
Earls Court's LIVE '94, 
ending the tour in Covent 
Garden, London. 

The Showliner (which is 
shaped like the FZ-1 
player) contains plenty of 
3DD machines to give 
people 'hands-on' 
experience of 3DD. 

For more details call 
the roadshow hotline on 
0800 444220. 



The 




story 



September 1991 The 3D0 Company is officially formed. 
October 1992 The first software licensee is signed. 
November 1992 The first 3 DO developers' conference is 
held - more than 500 people attend. 
January 1993 3D0 technology is unveiled at the Winter 
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The 3D0 
Company announces its equity partners as Matsushita, 
Time Warner, Electronic Arts, MCA, AT&T and Kleiner 
Perkins Caufield & Byers. 

February 1993 The first silicon version of the 3D0 

custom graphics chips are approved. 

April 1993 400 Japanese programmers attend the first 

Japanese 3D0 developers' conference. 

May 1993 The 3D0 Company is floated on the US stock 

exchange, raising $48.6 million. 

June 1993 Custom chipsets are finalised, ready for mass 
production. At the Chicago CES, The 3 DO Company 
announces that it has 17 licensees with 35 titles in 
development; that AT&T and Sanyo are to manufacture 
3 DO players; and that Atari and American Laser Games 
are to use 3D0 technology in arcade machines. 
July 1993 3 DO Japan is formed to support Japanese 
hardware and software licensees. 
October 1993 Panasonic's FZ-1 Multiplayer becomes 
available in US stores. US West select the 3 DO system as 
the cable set-top box for network trials in Omaha. 
December 1993 The 500th software licensee is signed. 
There are now over 200 titles in development, with 21 
already completed. 

6 January 1994 AT&T announce that they are to 
introduce their VoiceSpan modem technology to 3D0 
hardware platforms, allowing gamers to play - and speak 
to one another - over the phone lines. 
22 February 1994 The suggested retail price of 
Panasonic's FZ-1 is cut by 28% from $699.95 to $499. 

10 March 1994 Goldstar and Samsung sign on to become 
3 DO hardware manufacturers, and Creative Technology of 
Singapore plan to develop a 3D0-compatible PC card. 

20 March 1994 Panasonic's FZ-1 player is launched in 
Japan. 50,000 units are shipped to around 8,000 stores 
nationwide and 11 titles are available. The FZ-1 costs 
¥54,800 (£340) and meets with brisk sales. 

11 April 1994 Toshiba jumps on the 3 DO bandwagon, 
signing a deal to manufacture its own hardware, including 
a portable player that can be used in cars. 

26 April 1994 The number of 3 DO CDs produced passes 

the one million mark, encompassing 38 different titles. 

28 April 1994 The first 3D0 TV ads hit the US, during 

the 100th episode of The Simpsons. 

4 September 1994 Panasonic's UK 3D0 machine is 

launched at the European Computer Trade Show, 

at the Business Design Centre, Islington. ^& 




Edge 3D0 supplement 



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of 



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games 



Edge gives you a glimpse 
over the 3D0 horizon 




Demolition Man 

From: Virgin Games 

Date: Feb '95 

During the shooting of Demolition Man, Virgin Games 
gained permission to shoot footage of the movie sets 
and also persuaded Sylvester Stallone and Wesley 
Snipes to be filmed separately against a green screen. 

The actors' movements were then digitally 
isolated and have ben incorporated into this Operation 
Wo/f-style shoot 'em up. 

Featuring movie clips interspersed with a 
Stallone's-eye-view of the action as he penetrates 
Snipes' hideout, Demolition Man looks like it could be 
one of the closest movie tie-ins of all time. 




Cyberia 
From: Interplay 

Date: Mid '95 

Hailed as v the most 
realistic electronic 
cinema experience/ 
Cyberia is an 
espionage tale of epic 
proportions. 

The player is drawn 
through a futuristic 
world of 3D locations, 
digitally captured 
animation and a music 
score by none other 
than Thomas Dolby. 




Kingdom: The Far 
Reaches 
From: Interplay 

Date: Nov '94 

Another game that takes full advantage of 
CD storage is Interplay's Kingdom: The Far 
Reaches, a ripping yarn of mediaeval derring-do. 

But rather than present the action using traditional 
adventure graphics, the game plays like an interactive 
cartoon, with animated sequences pulled off disc. But 
just how it plays, of course, remains to be seen. 



Virtuoso 
From: Elite 
Date: Nov '94 

Elite are really going 
to town with Virtuoso, 
in which you 
play the part of 
a 21st century 
musician, in a 
world where 
music and 
virtual reality 
are the only 
escapes from 
urban life. 

The digitised main character goes on a cyberfantasy 
exploration of a detailed 3D world filled with secret 
routes, robots, and rock 'n' roll. 

Even 3 DO designer R J Mical, is impressed: 1 am 
especially happy with some of the 3DO-specific effects 
in this program, where the programmer has gone 
beyond the lessons we teach and has discovered 
hardware and software magic of his own.' 




PowerSlide 

From: Elite 
Date: Nov '94 

Elite's PowerSlide is 
destined for the Super 
NES and PC, but the 
most impressive version 
will be the fully texture- 
mapped 3 DO game. 

This racing simulation 
endeavours to replicate 
exactly how a rally car 
will handle, and Elite 
have even brought in an 
expert in car simulations 
to make sure the physics 
of the machine are 
handled correctly. 






Off-World 
Interceptor 

From: Crystal 

Dynamics 
Date: Late '94 



Employing the same graphics engine as Total Eclipse (Crystal Dynamics' proprietary 
Dynamic Coordination Mapping System), Off-World Interceptor should be nothing if not 
spectacular. Taking control of an extraterrestrial monster truck, the player goes on a 
bounty hunt to rid the universe of fugitives from justice. The game features nine different 
planets, littered with canyons, ramps, tunnels, and the ubiquitous end-of-level bosses. 



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FIFA International Soccer 

From: Electronic Arts 

Date: Nov '94 

FIFA International Soccer started life as an experiment, 
when EA Canada's coders ported over the Mega Drive's 
game and graphics to see if they could do it. After just 



one month's work, the project got the full go-ahead! 

FIFA is astonishing because it's entirely 3D - allowing 
you to view the action from any angle or distance. It's 
undecided, but in the game you may be able to select a 
roving camera view, or set up your own camera 
positions. Either way, it will be the best version to date. 




Dragon Tales 

From: Mindscape 
Date: Mid '95 

Coded by Cryo, the 
same developers who 
produced Mega Race, 
Dragon Tales is a 
sumptuous looking 
adventure set in an age 
of knights and dragons. 

Boasting rendered 
3D panoramic vistas 
with 360-degree views, 
plus lifelike animation, 
Dragon Tales should be 
well worth the wait. 



Star Control II 

From: Crystal Dynamics 
Date: Early '95 

Accolade's Star Control game first appeared on 8bit 
computers and has since been expanded, upgraded and 
sequelled. And now the 3DO version - under the 
auspices of Crystal Dynamics - 
represents the culmination of those 
efforts, embellished with stunning 
rendered graphics, realistic animation 
and sampled speech. 

Star Control II is an interplanetary 
odyssey in which the player tries to 
free the universe from the malevolent 
Ur-Quan Hierarchy in a series of 
Asteroids-style space battles. 



Win one of 
three 

Panasonic 
3D0 systems 
plus 20 
special 
Panasonic 
jackets! 





Night Trap 

From: Virgin Games 
Date: Oct '94 

A conversion of the headline- 
making Mega CD game, Night 
Trap plays like an interactive 
movie, filled with smooth 
FMV footage. Night Trap's 
female stars rely on you to 
trap the alien interlopers. 



RULES: No-one 
currently on the payroll 
of Panasonic, The 3D0 
Company or Future 
Publishing may enter. 
And no-one called Trip, 
either. Entries received 
after the closing date 
get binned. Panasonic's 
decision on the matter 
is, as expected, final. 



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Live the 32bit dream with Panasonic's REAL 3DO 
Interactive Multiplayer, and a bunch of games to boot 



manasonic have kindly donated three 3 DO 
machines plus 20 runners-up prizes of 
Panasonic jackets to the readers of this Edge 
supplement. So, to enter the exciting world of 
32bit interactive entertainment, all you have to do is 
answer the five easy questions below and then complete the 
tie-breaker in no more than 20 words... 

1 Which two men designed the 3 DO system? 

2 Which company makes Shock Wave? 

3 When did 3 DO first appear in Japan? 

4 How heavy is Panasonic's FZ-1 machine? 

5 Where will the 3 DO roadshow be on 23 Sept? 

Now complete the following tie-breaker in no more than 
20 words... 

i think Panasonic's 3 DO player is the REAL 
deal because...' 

Got it? Right, jot down your answers on a postcard or the 
back of a sealed envelope. Include your name, address and 
telephone number if you have one, then send it to: 
Panasonic/Edge competition, Panasonic House, 
Willoughby Road, Bracknell, Berks RG12 8FP. And 
make sure it all arrives no later than the end of November 
1994, otherwise the bin gets it. 



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break and dtjoy a rilb doWil with the EA MoUt 
Mallet . Yon 11 return to the action refreshed, and ready 

for hoard more spectacular 3D0 action. 




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Electronic Arfo aUo create software. 

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ROAD RASH™ 

Motorcycle mania on the lawless streets of 
tomorrow. Race against America's most 
vicious biker scum, speeding through 
photo-realistic cityscapes at a frame rate 
unimaginable on anything but 3D0. The 
intense rock soundtrack features cutting- 
edge indie rock from Soundgarden, and 
there's nearly 30 minutes of video footage. 



SHOCK WAVE™ 

Frightening 3-D combat as you battle to save 
the Earth from an armada of alien warships. 
Fly through a multitude of stunningly 
recreated landscapes, accompanied by 
CD sound effects and music. With over 
20 minutes of full-screen video featuring 
live actors and computer-generated sets. 



JOHN MADDEN 
FOOTBALL™ 

EA SPORTS™ advance the realism of their 
American Football classic into a whole 
new arena. The eye-popping pitches and 
stadia are rendered in 3-D, players are 
fully digitised and there's genuine NFL C * 
film footage. Plus you've every current 
NFL® team and the all-time greats to 
choose from in the ultimate football sim. 



SUPER WING 
COMMANDER™ 

The definitive space adventure from 
Origin® gains an extra dimension on 3D0. 
Pilot a host of human and alien ships on 
72 seat-of-your-pants missions. Awesome 
cinematic sequences, superb 3-D graphics 
plus full character speech and a stereo score 
make this the decisive alien encounter. 




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TWISTED 
GAMESHOW™ 

Forget Brucie - this gameshow's got it all. 
The host's smarmy, the games are barmy, 
there's glorious 3-D graphics and CD stereo 
nd. Take your pick from the digitised 
estants, then lead them through the 
uzzles and pitfalls to the surprising 
prizes. It's a world of fun for 1-4 players. 




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to play 



When Panasonic's machine 
goes on sale, you'll have a 
choice of games. Edge 
picks ten of the best 



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rystal Dynamics' Crash 'n Burn was 
one of the first games completed for 
the 3DO and came bundled with 
Panasonic's FZ- 1 when it went on sale 
in the US. And, in much the same way 
that F-Zero showed what the SNES could do, Crash 'n 
Burn is a fine example of 32bit gaming. 

The premise is simple: get around the twisting 
raceway by any means necessary. And if you can't outwit 
the opposition, outgun them. 

From the outset, Crash 'n Burn really sets the agenda 
for 3DO, with video clips of the opposition, selection 
screens filled with lovely rendered hardware and, of 
course, the stunning ingame graphics. The 3D racetracks 
are beautifully designed and realised, with later courses 
boasting transparent tracks suspended in mid-air. 

True, the cars don't handle that well, and the 
gameplay isn't exactly original, but Crash 'n Burn has many 





Possibly the best 3DO game so far: John Madden NFL '94 Football. The popular Mega 
Drive game has been promoted to the 32bit league, with amazing game graphics, lists 
of statistics and scouting reports for every team in the league - each with its video 
footage. A truly amazing debut for EA and a very good reason to buy a 3DO machine! 



Total Eclipse are rendered 'on the fly', so you can choose 
which gully to fly along, or which tunnel to take. 

But while Crystal Dynamics seem to have 3D 
graphics off to a fine art, again the gameplay is 
questionable. Ship response could be better and collision 
detection - especially in the claustrophobic tunnels - is 
annoyingly inconsistent. It's also very tough and very 
unforgiving - it poses one hell of a challenge. 

Still, you can't fail to like Total Eclipse. The graphics 
are truly amazing (play on a big TV and you'll be hooked) 
and die-hard gamers should be able to overcome its flaws 
in their quest for a satisfying blast. 



Crash 'n Burn sets the agenda for 3DO: video footage, 
rendered vehicles and stunning 3D racing action 



hidden depths and is great to show the console 
competition what your 3DO machine can do. 

Crystal Dynamics swiftly followed up Crash 'n Burn 
with Total Eclipse - and if anyone had any doubts that 
3 DO is, in fact, a polygon powerhouse, Total Eclipse soon 
silenced them. 

This time the player is carried across craggy planet 
surfaces and through cramped tunnels, on a shoot 'em up 
mission against rampaging hordes of aliens. 

Again, the visuals are breathtaking: flying though lava- 
filled canyons while performing a barrel-roll is a wild 
experience. And unlike Crash 'n Burn, which used course 
coordinates pulled off CD, the texture-mapped worlds of 



'Satisfying* is a v 



word which can also be 
aptly put to use when discussing EA's classic game, John 
Madden NFL '94 Football. A risky but successful defence; a 
long ball straight to your receiver; a 30-yard running 
touchdown - there's nothing more satisfying than a well- 
planned and perfectly executed play. 

Similarly, 'well-planned and perfectly executed' just 
about sums up this - probably the best 3DO game to 
date. It's quite possible that John Madden uses just about 
every trick in 3DO's book: tacked onto the already 
excellent gameplay are hours of digitised voice-overs, 
reams of video footage and presentation slick enough to 



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Another World is a curious blend 
of painterly backdrops and 2D 
polygon animation. But it's a 
combination that works well 



coat a frying pan. And if that wasn't enough, 
the game graphics are glorious, with realistically 
animated sprites, an improved 3D gridiron, and a replay 
mode that defies belief. After an effective play, you can 
view the action from a number of vantage points, from 
behind the QB to perched below the stadium blimp. 

There's very little to find fault within the game and, 
really, the only thing that might warn you off buying it is if 
you hate American football. But you'd have to loathe it 
with a vengeance to miss out on this. 

After the ever-so-slightly dreadful Battle Chess, 
Interplay have redeemed themselves with a superior 
version of Another World - the innovative adventure by 
French coder Eric Chahi. 

Another World (also known as Out Of This World 
outside the UK) sets 2D polygonal characters against 
static backdrops, providing an unusual but extremely 



convincing stage for this tale of a man blasted through 
time and space to, well, another world. 

But in the conversion from 16 to 32bit, it has gained 
in speed and in colour: the fluidly animated humanoids 
are even more fluid, and the previously basic scenery has 
been upgraded to full 256-colour landscapes. The 
gameplay remains unchanged, but then Another World 
always was more of an interactive cartoon than a game 
anyway, with simple tests of reaction and 
ingenious trial-and-error problems. 
Okay, it suffers from being all 
too brief, and passwords only serve 
to shorten its lifespan; but gamers 
new to its delights certainly won't 
regret the investment. 
Another conversion of a popular 
title - this time from the PC - is Super Wing 
Commander from Electronic Arts. The original has 
appeared on many different systems and 

been sequelled twice, but it's SU/JGt 

Wing Commander 
has appeared on many 
different systems, but it's 
never quite made the 
impression it does 
on 3DO 



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never quite made the 
impression it now does 
on 3DO. 

Played against a 
backdrop of interstellar 
conflict between the 
Confederation and the evil 
Dralthi, SWC is basically an 
excuse for some close-quarters 
dogfighting and the occasional Star Cruiser 
strafing session. However, 72 different missions - each 
with its own plot and conclusion - mean that the game 
only reveals all its secrets to those who stick at it. 





3DO Super Wing 
Commander is the most 
impressive version of this 
deep-space dogfighter to 
date. Improved ingame 
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Young Chauncey (US actor Kirk Cameron) combats The 
Horde with his mighty sword Grimthwacker. The 
harvest goes to pay for taxes - and a little hired help 



Missions are apportioned depending on how well 
you're doing - so it's possible to finish the game having 
only played around 40 missions. But then this merely 
means you can play it again and, chances are, it'll be a 
whole different story. 

Improved ingame graphics (enemy ships now scale 
smoothly into view thanks to the 3DO's custom 
hardware) plus cinematic cut scenes make the action all 
that more believable; all that more difficult to ignore. 



A truly original 



3 DO game - both in 
lineage and concept - is Crystal Dynamics' The Horde. 
Played like a cross between Sim City and Ze/do, the 
player is tasked with building up his homestead, while 
fending off regular attacks from the eponymous Horde. 

These seemingly insatiable creatures come scuttling 
across your land, eating your crops, your cows, your 
people even, and it's up to you to despatch them before 
they do too much damage. 

Money is earned from defeating Hordlings and from 
harvesting your remaining crops, and then goes to 
provide investment for the next season. So it's a 
constant battle to keep your head above water, 
combatting the hooligan Horde while fending off the evil 
chancellor's taxes. 

The Horde could quite easily have been written for 
any I6bit console - it doesn't really push the 3DO too 
hard - but what's here is clean and good looking. The 
game is kicked off with a lengthy FM V intro and there 
are intermission scenes featuring rendered Hordlings in 




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humorous cameos. 

It's certainly not a must-buy, but once you start 
playing, The Horde will you have battling away for ages. 

Another EA classic „ . , nri 

getting the 3 DO 
treatment is the old Mega Drive favourite, Road Rash. 
And if gamers were impressed by the silky-smooth but 
barren roadway of the Sega cart, they'll be blown away 
by the detailed urban racetracks provided here. 

As with the original game, the primary objective is 
to win the race; and if this means clobbering some of the 
opposition with a bike chain, then so be it. This is no 
thinking man's game, but if it's adrenaline-pumping 
arcade action you're after, this is it. 

Games like this rely so much on a visual key: the 
more believable the graphics, the more responsive the 
player when he falls under a car, or smacks into a 
lamppost. And in that respect, Road Rash delivers in 
spades. Houses, pedestrians, cars and other racegoers all 
stream past with alarming realism - and when your bike 
leaves the road, there's a definite second or two where 
your respiratory functions momentarily cease... 

Continuing the racing theme, Mindscape are 
releasing Mega Race - a conversion of the successful PC 




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of merit 

Without doubt, these ten 
titles promise the best 
3D0 gaming you'll get 
when Panasonic's 3D0 
debuts in the UK. 

But to make your 
buying decision that little 
bit easier, we've sorted 
them into order of merit, 
starting with the best... 

1 -John Madden NFL '94 
Football 

2 - Road Rash 

3 - Crash 'n Burn 

4 - Total Eclipse 

5 - Another World 

6 - Super Wing 

Commander 

7 - The Horde 
8- Shock Wave 

9 - Mega Race 

10 - Twisted 



Mega Race is a virtual contest, taking place within a 
futuristic TV programme. Star of the show is barmy 
Lance Boyle, who cheesy-grins his way through the 
rules and introduces each race. The superb roadways 
are prerendered and streamed off CD as you play 




Road Rash boasts astonishing roadway graphics with 
lavish detail and some very believable tunnels and hills. 
It also contains indie rock soundtracks from A&M 
artists like Soundgarden, Therapy? and Paw 



CD-ROM game. 

Mega Race takes a different slant to Road Rash in 
that, rather than the course being created as you go 
along, every single frame of the 
action has been prerendered 
using 3D Studio on the PC and 
stored on CD. So every course 
- and there are 1 7 of them - 
runs as full-motion video in the 
background, while the player's 
car, and those of the opposition, 
are overlaid as sprites. 

Not the most interactive 
environment, you might think, 
but French developers Cryo 

have successfully married the two together to create an 
effective driving simulation. And, if nothing else, the 
course scenes, which take you underwater and into 
space, are little short of spectacular! In fact, the 
whole package is a video tour de force, featuring a 
huge introductory movie, combining futuristic 
scenes plus real footage of Lance Boyle - zany 
host of the Mega Race TV show. 

Most 3 DO titles seem to play host to % 
extensive video intros, but the most impressive of all 
has to be the stunning sequence which kicks off EA's 
Shock Wave. Boasting a cast of real actors, Hollywood 
production values and the most glorious rendered 
spaceships, it's almost worth buying just for the intro. 

Sadly the game doesn't quite match the visual 
splendour of the FMV footage - but it comes a close 
second. Taking the part of a rookie pilot, you are sent on 
a series of sorties to despatch the alien aggressors who 
have invaded our beloved Earth. So, instead of Total 
Ec//pse-style alien scenery, you find yourself flying over 
recognisable cities such as Los Angeles and Cairo. 



The seek and destroy action is pretty 
straightforward - but the graphics are splendidly realised, 
with detailed, texture-mapped landscapes and 3D alien 
vessels. And the whole thing is tied together by more 
video footage of your wingmen (and women) who 
provide information vital to the success of your mission. 

Electronic Arts have taken the video theme to its 
logical extreme with Twisted. Now this really is a 
videogame in the full sense of the word, presented and 
played just like a madcap TV game show, with host, 
hostess and over-the-top contestants. 

Designed for play by a group of people, Twisted 
provides each player with an onscreen alter ego - 
displayed using FMV overlaid on slickly rendered 
backgrounds. The participants each take turns to 'throw' 
the electronic dice and move around a spiral board. 
Depending where your character lands the player then 
has to successfully complete a task: escape the Wheel Of 
Torture; answer trivia questions; pair up pictures; etc. 





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EA's Shock Wave is a 
believable mixture of 3D alien- 
bashing, punctuated by 
glorious FMV space sequences 



As a concept, Twisted is very original. It's also 
flawlessly presented and, played in the right frame of 
mind, good fun. The novelty might wear off after a few 
sessions, but it's a commendable attempt to 
provide a genuinely innovative 
3DO experience. 





Play Twisted and you're taking part in a weird TV game 
show, where the aim is to win a trip back to reality. 
Take it in turns to move up the spiral board, facing 
challenges such as the dreaded Wheel Of Torture! 



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Peterborough 

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